High blood pressure or hypertension is a very common problem worldwide, affecting millions of people from all ages and genders. In the US alone, statistics show that about 1 in every 3 people suffers from this health issues and half of them face deadly consequences as a result of the condition. Hypertension is a serious disease which is left untreated can lead to heart attack, stroke and even cause death. Can you believe that statistical data showed that in 2013 1000 people a day died from hypertension-related complications? These numbers are really frightening and we need to do something to improve our odds against this fatal disease.
What is hypertension?
Hypertension is the name given to the health problem that happens as a result of increased blood pressure in the arteries. This condition happens either because the heart pumps blood with too much power or because the arteries have become narrow for the blood flow that runs through them. What we call blood pressure is actually the force with which our heart pumps blood through our body. This pressure is determined by the amount of blood pumped, the arteries’ flexibility and the force our heart uses. If your blood pressure is elevated for a short period of time, the body can endure it without any consequences. However, if your blood pressure is elevated for a longer period of time it can result in arterial damage and have fatal consequences on your overall health.
What causes hypertension?
Research shows that genetic factors have a role in hypertension if there’s no other apparent reason for it. On the other hand, it could also be caused by drugs taken for some chronic condition like kidney problems, endocrine issues, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
Hypertension is usually caused by:
- History of high blood pressure in the family.
- Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Excessive alcohol intake.
- Physical inactivity.
- Chronic stress.
- Potassium deficiency.
- Diet rich in sodium.
The usual course of treatment, as prescribed by your doctor, would be ACE inhibitors, diuretics, calcium channel blockers and beta blockers which you would, most likely, have to take for the rest of your life. However, the problem with these hypertension medications is that they can often do more harm than good, and worsen your condition instead of improving it. All of these drugs have a plethora of unwanted side-effects and can cause more complications on the long run.
However, if you want to take a more natural approach and resolve your problem with the help of herbs and alternative remedies here are the best herbs for this condition:
Hawthorn is a herb that has been used for centuries for cardiovascular problems. It grows in shrubs and its flowers can be pinkish, red or white in color. After the flowers the herb sprouts berries which are abundant in flavonoids which improve your blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and protecting them from damage. These flavonoids can also be found in the leaves and research shows that regular consumption of hawthorn extract can reduce your hypertension in 4 months.
Lime trees sprout linden flowers and these flowers can be used for making anxiety treating tea. Aside from its use for anxiety, linden flowers are also abundant in antioxidants, mucilage compounds and volatile oils which can reduce the inflammation in your blood vessels. They also have diuretic and astringent properties due to the tannins they contain.
People used to treat hypertension with yarrow, an old herbal remedy which has proven to have amazing effects in the treatment of this condition. Yarrow is abundant in flavonoids and chemicals which can relax your muscles and improve digestion, in addition to lowering your blood pressure. If you want to take advantage of its benefits you should brew a nice, hot cup of yarrow tea and drink it regularly.
This traditional Christmas shrub can also be used in the treatment of hypertension and high blood sugar levels as well as soothe inflamed joints. Note that only the leaves can be used as a remedy as the berries are poisonous for us humans.
One study showed that if you consume 250ml of hibiscus tea every day you can lower your blood pressure much more effectively than taking hypertension medications. The researchers behind the study are hopeful that this study will serve as a base for a potential cure for this condition in the future. If you suffer from hypertension start drinking a cup of this tea and your condition should improve rapidly.
Herbal infusion for hypertension
- 2 tbsp. hawthorn
- 2 tbsp. of yarrow
- 2 tbsp. lime blossom
- 1 tbsp. mistletoe
Add some water in a pot and bring it to a boil before adding all the herbs. Cover it and let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink it every day. If you consume this herbal blend regularly your blood pressure should be lowered and you will decrease your risk of cardiovascular problems and fatal consequences.
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